March 17, 2020 Subject:
As stated before,a silly farce,but still a joy to see the best.Notwithstanding the long and tedious “review “ preceding,this is an enjoyable movie.Not to compare with the silent classics it does make one pine for them and realize that sometimes the advent of the “talkies” really was the end of a great era in movies.
July 1, 2019 Subject:
What a Mess
All the other reviewers must be die-hard Keaton fans or have an easily - very easily - stimulated sense of humor. As amyjane described it - "...a silly little farce...." This would have made a decent short. Buster Keaton, with his usual deadpan face, negative IQ and naivete beyond words regarding women and almost anything else, plays Reginald Irving, a sign poster. Wealthy, sophisticated Jeffrey Haywood (Reginald Denny) has a girlfriend, Virginia Embry (Sally Eilers), who won't marry him until older sister Angelica (Dorothy Christy) gets married. Haywood hits Reggie with his car - Reggie has been posting signs near the Embry mansion and has been ogling Angelica and is so smitten with her that he is watching her over his shoulder, when he steps into the path of Haywood's car. Haywood takes him back to the mansion for medical help and, when Reggie regains consciousness, Haywood hatches a plot to make Angelica fall in love with him and get married, so at last he, Haywood, can get married. Needless to say, complications ensue, which are supposed to provide the bulk of the humor in this tepid comedy. Keaton is rarely funny: his best contributions to the movie are physical - pratfalls, a lot of running, jumping, etc. The best actors are Denny, Eilers and Charlotte Greenwood (Polly Hathaway), whose trademark long-legged dancing and acrobatics are the high point of an otherwise pointless film. Cliff Edwards (bellhop) is sadly misused - he was capable of a good comic performance and wasn't able to give it with this script. The opening half hour is tedious in setting up the "action" of the second half, and the second half is an overlong "comedy" of mistaken identities, running in and out of rooms, up and down stairs and elevators, etc. Like the IA intro says, you can find all that was bad about Keaton and I say, little that was good once he started making talkies.
July 22, 2012 Subject:
A silly farce, but still worth watching
This may not be Keaton's best work, but it is worth watching. Some of it is genuinely funny -- especially the scenes with Charlotte Greenwood. It leaves a residual feeling of sadness that Buster couldn't be left alone to do what he does well and gives the sense that had he been, he could have continued into the sound era with a great deal more wonderful work. As it is, this one should be enjoyed on its own terms, a little silly farce with a few great comic moments from Keaton interspersed. Keaton is charming and very watchable as always, even if he doesn't get to truly shine his light.
December 3, 2010 Subject:
Recommended. Might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I was laughing literally so hard there were tears in my eyes, especially that scene at the hotel front desk. Is this on DVD? They'd be wise to release a restored version. I want it!
April 23, 2010 Subject:
Thanks for support
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April 8, 2010 Subject:
So fun. Loved it. Laughed. Thanks. MC
October 20, 2009 Subject:
Worth the download
Keaton plays a very innocent character who is cluelessly forced into portraying a playboy.
November 8, 2008 Subject:
UNDERRATED AND VERY FUNNY
I HAVEN'T WATCHED THIS FILM BUT IF IT IS PUBLIC DOMAIN THEN IT MUST BE GOOD!